Review by Leigh Holland. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.
Directed by: Jon Watts
Written by: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers
Starring: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei
Released: July 7th 2017
Synopsis: 15 year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, has mutant powers, and lives with his widowed Aunt May. He attends a high school for gifted kids and is part of the Academic Team. His best friend is Ned, “the guy in the chair”. Tony Stark (Iron Man) gives Peter a suit to ‘upgrade’ his abilities. Wanting to be more ‘epic’ and do more ‘heroic’ good, young Parker goes out looking for, and finding, higher level criminals and a nemesis: the Vulture.
Characters: I loved teenage Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Great job of making the character realistic and still lacking the maturity of an adult. He had so much energy and had trouble at times directing it towards the right things, placing him in comical and/or tense situations. The character learned important lessons, grew and matured along the way. Michael Keaton knocked it out of the park as Vulture. He played him as an honorable crook, a family man, a human foe we can sympathize with.
The main problem I had with this version was Marisa Tomei. She played the part fine, but she just isn’t Aunt May to me. I couldn’t get used to it. It doesn’t matter if you put glasses on her, she’s still too youthful for the role.
Impressions: I had a great time watching this film. I laughed, gasped, rooted for the hero. I loved the chase scene that referenced Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Homecoming gym scene reminded me of Pretty in Pink, while detention reminded me of The Breakfast Club. I get the sense someone is a John Hughes fan. This film was cute, funny, yet had serious coming of age themes.
You’ll Like This If You Liked: Logan, The Avengers, Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy
Trivia: Aunt May’s car number plate is AMF-1562. AMF is Amazing Fantasy, 15 is the issue number, and 62 is 1962, the year Spider-Man first appeared.
Sam Raimi’s trilogy can be found at Spider-Man.